Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Wait, Can I Make a Baked Potato in the Air Fryer?

In a word, you bet.  Also, let’s see what those air fryers can do, right? 

And why would you use an air fryer to bake a potato? This is a very good question, and one I asked myself as I set up the machine. There are a few reasons one might want to do such a thing: it’s a nice option if you don’t want to heat up the oven, for one. Or maybe your oven is full, and you need an alternative way of cooking those spuds. And if you are a person who likes crispy potato skins on your baked potatoes, that another reason right there.

I thought they crisped up really nicely, especially with a light (light!) coating of oil and salt.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Do You Need to Pierce Potatoes in an Air Fryer Before Cooking?

I did some research, and it was inconclusive., What I concluded, however, was that there seemed to be no harm in doing it, and for any of us who have cleaned up an oven or a microwave after an unpierced potato has exploded, it seemed like erring on the side of caution was a good move.

How to Cook Potatoes in an Air Fryer

Prick the potatoes in a few spots with a fork. You don’t have to stab them in a billion spots, three or four stabs seems good enough.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Rub the potatoes with oil, then rub them with salt, coating them evenly on all sides.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Place the potatoes in the air fryer. However many potatoes you are cooking, make sure they don’t touch.

Set the air fryer to 400°F and cook them for about 40 minutes, turning them as needed about halfway through as they start to brown on the top. Sometimes air fryers have a baked potato setting and you can go for that, though test them after to make sure they are done (see below).

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

When a fork or a knife slides in easily they are done.

Cut them lengthwise down the top, squeeze to open them up, fluff up a bit with a fork, and top as you like.

You can never go wrong with a pat of butter and some sour cream.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

How Many Baked Potatoes Can You Make in An Air Fryer?

The answer is as many as will fit, which depends on the size of your air fryer.  It may take more time if there are more potatoes.

Also good to know: How to Make a Perfect Baked Potato.

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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

All you need to know. These cook faster than oven baked potatoes, and have a terrific crispy skin.
Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 russet potatoes scrubbed
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil approximately
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  • Prick the potatoes in a few spots with a fork. Rub the potatoes with the oil, then rub them with the salt, coating them evenly on all sides. Place them in the air fryer. Make sure the potatoes don’t touch.
  • Set the air fryer to 400°F and cook them for about 40 minutes, turning them as needed about halfway through as they start to brown on the top. When a fork or a knife slides in easily they are done.
  • Cut them lengthwise down the top, always halfway into the potato, give them a little squeeze to open them up, and top with your favorite toppings!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

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